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Live from TED2014

Meet EDI the Robot: Marco Tempest at TED2014Meet EDI the Robot: Marco Tempest at TED2014

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Techno-illusionist and veteran speaker Marco Tempest returns to the TED stage with a new friend: EDI (pronounced “Eddie”) the robot. EDI, which stands for Electronic Deceptive Intelligence, is Tempest’s latest techno-aide, a friendly Baxter robot who ponders the difference between artificial and human intelligence. “Robot,” the newly awakened EDI interrupts, was coined in 1921 in […]

Live from TED2014

The small coincidences in life: Helder Guimarães’s fascinating magic at TED2014The small coincidences in life: Helder Guimarães’s fascinating magic at TED2014

Posted By Hailey Reissman

Magician Helder Guimarães starts his performance at TED2014 by telling the crowd Sturgeon’s law: “90% of everything is crap.” Still, he says, “Sturgeon may be correct, but he doesn’t have to be correct forever.” And that is a philosophy he brings to his very narrative magic — wowing the crowd with card tricks that tell […]

News

Will Shortz: Why I said yes to a crossword magic trick live at TEDWill Shortz: Why I said yes to a crossword magic trick live at TED

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Today on stage at TED2014 magician and puzzler David Kwong blew minds when he pulled an audience member onstage, asked her to color in a few animals, and then revealed he was so sure he could predict her behavior that he had her choices written into the day’s New York Times crossword. Hm: What’s a […]

Entertainment

David Blaine shares the last magic trick that boggled his mindDavid Blaine shares the last magic trick that boggled his mind

Posted By Alison Prato

David Blaine, the magician, illusionist and endurance artist, is back on prime time TV tonight with the special, David Blaine: Real or Magic. Traveling around the world, the TED speaker (watch his talk, “How I held my breath for 17 minutes“) performs magic and elicits astonished reactions from people on the street — as well as from […]

Entertainment

Studying human nature by picking pockets: A Q&A with Apollo RobbinsStudying human nature by picking pockets: A Q&A with Apollo Robbins

Posted By Alison Prato

If you ever meet Apollo Robbins in person, hold onto your wallet. The professional sleight-of-hand artist, who has been studying magic for more than 25 years, made headlines in 2001 when he pickpocketed Jimmy Carter’s Secret Service detail, taking their badges and even the keys to the motorcade. Since then, he has gained a reputation […]

Entertainment

TED Weekends reveals sleight of mind

Posted By Emmie Le Marchand

Hypnosis is a source of both debate and fear. It’s an intimidating thought that the subconscious mind can listen and react to outside sources. But there are still many questions to be answered: Does the subconscious work independently of the conscious mind? Is it programmed by experiences or instructions? These are questions posed by Keith […]

Entertainment

Marco Tempest to work with Baxter the RobotMarco Tempest to work with Baxter the Robot

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Illusionist Marco Tempest (watch his cyber card trick and his electric take on Nikola Tesla) has a new assistant — Baxter the Robot. The star of this talk from roboticist Rodney Brooks, Baxter is a life-sized robot that has eyes that glance where he is about to move and arms that react to human touch, […]

Live from TEDGlobal 2013

Turn arithmetic into mathemagic: Arthur Benjamin at TEDGlobal 2013Turn arithmetic into mathemagic: Arthur Benjamin at TEDGlobal 2013

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Mathemagician Arthur Benjamin says that there are three reasons we learn math: calculation, application and inspiration. Yes, inspiration. Math is the science of patterns, and learning it teaches us not just logic but creative thinking, says Benjamin. So why, when math is beautiful and exciting, is so much of what we learn in school about preparing for […]

Live from TEDGlobal 2013

The art of misdirection: Apollo Robbins at TEDGlobal 2013The art of misdirection: Apollo Robbins at TEDGlobal 2013

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

“Do you think it’s possible to control someone’s attention, or even their behavior? To me that would be the perfect superpower,” says Apollo Robbins at TEDGlobal 2013. “I’ve spent the last 20 years studying human behavior in an unconventional way: by picking pockets.” Robbins, whom The New Yorker called a “theatrical pickpocket” in their profile of […]

Entertainment

Fun to watch: Paper gets wingsFun to watch: Paper gets wings

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

In this super cool talk from TEDxTokyo, magician Kohtaro Fujiyama morphs ripped pieces of paper into butterflies, and then lets them take flight, controlling their motion by waving fans. (Fast forward to 1:43 to watch.) This fascinating display is an adaptation of tezuma, a classic form of Edo magic that fuses illusion, story and music. […]

Technology

Marco Tempest tells the secret story of a deck of cardsMarco Tempest tells the secret story of a deck of cards

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

On the TED stage, illusionist Marco Tempest has explored the nature of truth and lies, brought a stick figure to life, charted the meaning of magic and told the sad tale of inventor Nikola Tesla. In his latest performance, given this summer at TEDGlobal, Tempest turns his eye to a magician’s classic: a deck of […]

Entertainment

Real-life augmented reality: Marco Tempest at TED2012Real-life augmented reality: Marco Tempest at TED2012

Posted By Helen Walters

Marco Tempest wowed the TED crowd yesterday, and now he’s back with an experiment, a demonstration of live augmented reality using the Kinect. This one is “technological magic” and we are advised to keep our eyes on the big screen. Photos: Ryan Lash Magic is deception we enjoy, he says. The audience must suspend its […]